California Correctional Institution (CCI)

Contact & Visiting Information

Main Phone: (661) 822-4402

Physical Address:

  • 24900 Highway 202, Tehachapi, CA 93561

Mailing Addresses:

  • Institution: P.O. Box 1031, Tehachapi, CA 93581
  • Inmates (make sure to include Inmate's Name and CDCR number):
    • Facility A, P.O. Box 1902, Tehachapi, CA 93581
    • Facility B, P.O. Box 1906, Tehachapi, CA 93581
    • Facility C, P.O. Box 1905, Tehachapi, CA 93581
    • Facility D, P.O. Box 608, Tehachapi, CA 93581
    • Facility E, P.O. Box 107, Tehachapi, CA 93581

Visiting Hours:

General Population
Saturday, Sunday, and Designated Holidays*
from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
(no processing after 2:00 p.m.)

Administrative Segregation/Reception Center
Saturday, Sunday, and Designated Holidays* 
10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m.
Visits are one hour in duration
(by advance appointment only)

* New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Administrative Segregation (Ad-SEG) inmates will require an appointment. This will be a one hour, non-contact visit, and shall be limited to three visitors, including children. Each inmate is limited to one, one hour visit per day, Saturday and/or Sunday based on availability. All appointments are on a first come, first serve basis, and must be made one week in advance by calling (661) 823-3390 on Sunday evening between the hours of 5:00 to 9:00pm. An additional appointment may be made by calling on Tuesday evening, between the hours of 5:00 to 9:00pm. Please leave a clear and detailed message to ensure that the delegated staff can return the call to confirm the appointment within 48 hours.

Visiting information regarding institution directions, appropriate clothing, rules and regulations may be obtained by calling 1-800-374-8474.

Visiting Assistance:

A CDCR funded Visitor Center is at the institution operated by a community-based organization under contract to CDCR. The Visitor Center provides visiting assistance to family members and friends including a sheltered place to wait before and after visits, transportation to and from local transit terminals, childcare, clothing appropriate for visits on loan, and information about local resources, visiting rules and regulations.

Statewide Inmate Family Council Message:

Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC's) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC's promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.

Driving Directions:

From Sacramento:

  • Take Highway 58 east to the city of Tehachapi
  • Take first Tehachapi exit (exit 148 Tucker Road)
  • Right on to Tucker Road
  • Right on to Valley Blvd. (Hwy 202)
  • Continue on Hwy 202 until it dead-ends at CCI

From Los Angeles:

  • Take Highway 58 west to the city of Tehachapi
  • Take third Tehachapi exit (exit 148 Tucker Road)
  • Left on to Tucker Road
  • Right on to Valley Blvd. (Hwy 202)
  • Continue on Hwy 202 until it dead-ends at CCI

Visit this link  for further driving directions.

About California Correctional Institution

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The overall mission of the California Correctional Institution is to incarcerate and control felons, while providing the opportunity for meaningful work, training and other programs.  The prison provides programs for those inmates who are willing to work and participate fully in available programs.

Historical Notes

When it originally opened in 1933, CCI housed female inmates.  A 1952 earthquake closed the facility.  It reopened in 1954 as a male institution.  In 1985, the state built the first new maximum security facility in more than 100 years at CCI.   The following year, the prison added a new medium custody facility.

Warden Sullivan

About the Warden

William “Joe” Sullivan was appointed as the acting warden at the California Correctional Institution (CCI) in Tehachapi in January 2017.

In 1984, Mr. Sullivan began his career as a vocational instructor at the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC). In 1988, he promoted to supervisor of vocational instruction, at CCI, serving as the public information officer from 1990 to 1992. In 1992, Mr. Sullivan accepted a promotion to supervisor of correctional education programs, at the Preston School of Industry, in the California Youth Authority.

In 1993, he completed a lateral transfer, in the same capacity, to California State Prison-Los Angeles (CSP-LAC) County. In 1994, Mr. Sullivan promoted to associate warden CSP-LAC.

In 1998, Mr. Sullivan promoted to chief deputy warden at CCI, becoming the warden of CCI in 2003. Mr. Sullivan served as the warden of CCI until being appointed to associate director in 2008.

Mr. Sullivan retired in 2010, but continued to assist several institutions through the warden mentoring program.